Mathematical Modelling

A Way of Life - ICTMA 11


  • S J Lamon, Marquette University, USA
  • W A Parker
  • S K Houston, University of Ulster, Ireland

Mathematical modelling is often spoken of as a way of life, referring to habits of mind and to dependence on the power of mathematics to describe, explain, predict and control real phenomena. This book aims to encourage teachers to provide opportunities for students to model a variety of real phenomena appropriately matched to students’ mathematical backgrounds and interests from early stages of mathematical education. Habits, misconceptions, and mindsets about mathematics can present obstacles to university students’ acceptance of a ‘‘models-and-modelling perspective’’ at this stage of mathematics education. Without prior experience in building, interpreting and applying mathematical models, many students may never come to view and regard modelling as a way of life. The book records presentations at the ICTMA 11 conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2003.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2003
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-904275-03-9

Table of Contents

Mathematical modelling in the elementary school; Modelling with middle and secondary students; Post-secondary modelling; Research; Perspectives; Reflections on the 20th anniversary of ICTMA.